Chargers Fire Anthony Lynn

The Chargers and Anthony Lynn are parting ways. On Monday morning, the Chargers formally announced that their head coach has been relieved of his duties. 

The Chargers had a great deal of respect for Lynn and they were reportedly 50/50 on whether to keep him. But, after huddling up on Monday, Bolts brass decided to move on.

Lynn went 9-7 his first year as the Chargers’ head coach, followed by a 12-4 showing and a playoff win in Year Two. Things took a turn after that, however. The Chargers went just 5-11 last season and 7-9 in 2020, losing a mind-boggling amount of close games both times. The slide continued this year, thanks in part to some in-game blunders by Lynn. The Chargers rallied a bit after getting bumped from playoff contention, but it wasn’t enough to save Lynn’s job.

The Chargers job should hold lots of appeal, and not just because they’re in sunny Los Angeles. Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert has been a revelation. Herbert, 22, set the rookie record for passing touchdowns while posting the second-highest total in passing yards. There’s also ample cap room, plus skill position and defensive talent. That includes All-Pro safety Derwin James, who is set to return after losing the 2020 season to injury.

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23 comments on “Chargers Fire Anthony Lynn

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      Really bad move. They have a promising young QB who played well under Lynn, and spent time learning the system. The easiest way to wreck that is to give him a new system to learn in his 2nd year.

      Lynn wasn’t perfect, but he has shown he can win in the past. Worth letting Lynn attempt to right the ship.

      • BloodySox

        Exactly. Herbert’s development is more important than winning right now. @beauner could learn something from your comment.

      • HaloBoltman

        Lynn was it unmitigated disaster as a head coach could not manage a clock gave up multiple three score games and lost it. possibly a good assistant coach but not ready for the prime time

  1. DarkSide830

    too many late game collapses. seemingly a great piece to have on the staff, but not in the HC spot.

  2. adshadbolt

    He’ll get another chance as a HC I doubt this year but definitely next year. He can go be a DC this year somewhere and rebuild his stock

    • j_butte

      I mean, I guess he can try being a DC even though his entire playing/coaching career came in the offensive side of the ball.

  3. Tatsumaki

    Anyone saying this is a bad move doesn’t what chargers games, horrible coach. Can’t manage a game with his life dependent on it, the only bright spot was the offense which he had nothing to do with, his side of the field (defense) displayed steady regression since his first season.

    • I Beg To Differ

      Lynn’s side of the field was defense?

      Played in the league as a running back

      Running backs coach for Jaguars, Browns, Jets for 11 years

      Running backs coach in Buffalo before being promoted to OC and interim coach.

      Maybe asking an offensive minded coach what the best strategy for defense is wasnt the smartest move on the chargers part.

      • Tatsumaki rarely has a clue, either here or over at hoopsrumors. Interesting takes, but usually not very meaningful.

        • I Beg To Differ

          Well, least he’s consistent. He seriously thought Yu Darvish would net a better package than Blake Snell over at mlbtraderumors.

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